Banff Venture Forum gives emerging technology companies the edge

October 4-5, 2012, marks the 14th annual Banff Venture Forum (BVF), a two-day event held at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Banff, Alberta. BVF is Canada’s premier company financing event and brings together technology companies from across North America to provide insight into key industry issues, as well as networking and learning opportunities for emerging technology companies. The annual forum also features a number of panels and presentations from world-class professionals in both the hi-tech and investment communities.

Since its inception in 1999, BVF has experienced significant growth, hosting more than 40 venture capital firms, 46 presenting companies and over 350 delegates in 2011. As the landscape of emerging technologies continues to evolve, BVF provides high growth technology companies with a much-needed and accessible venue for idea sharing, networking, investment opportunities and more. PwC is pleased to serve as the BVF title sponsor for the fourth consecutive year, supporting North America’s up-and-coming technology organizations at every stage of their journey. Among the host of talented and experienced individuals and organizations taking part at this year’s forum, BVF and PwC are proud to welcome Eric Jackson, Forbes Tech Evangelist and founder of Ironfire Capital LLC—a technology-focused investment firm—as the 2012 keynote speaker.

The 2012 forum will also welcome back Calgary-based IT company eThor, the BVF 2011 Best Information Technology Presenting Company, eThor’s innovative technology solution connects a retailer's point-of-sale (POS) system to any mobile or web device, helping customers find and buy consumer products instantly. After attending BVF in 2011, eThor saw continued interest from investors and client retailers alike and, in July 2012, the company announced an investment from American businessman Mark Cuban. With his eye for up-and-coming technology companies, Cuban’s support represents a significant opportunity for eThor’s continued development of their POS solution and other online marketing platforms.

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